Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Day 729 (Tidbits)

I'm going to go ahead and post some quotes I believe in - right before reviewing the Day 729 entry on THE 800 DAYS BLOG.

Why would I do such a thing? Well... just so you get the IMPACT of what Blake does...

The quotes:

"Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular. "
"Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does."
~~Allen Ginsberg.
"Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history."
"When a poet's mind is perfectly equipped for its work, it is constantly amalgamating disparate experiences."
~~T.S. Eliot.
"Poetry doesn't belong to those who write it, but to those who need it."
"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance."
~~Carl Sandburg.
"Poets are masters of us ordinary men, in knowledge of the mind, because they drink at streams which we have not made accessible to science."
~~Sigmund Freud.
Unfortunately, of my fave quotes, almost all of them come from old, dead dudes - lol. I feel that in our current day and age, POETRY AND POETICS are a lost art, misunderstood and greatly undervalued. In ancient times, a great deal of time was spent on poetry and poetics in education systems. Today, many youngsters equate "poetry" with only "rhyme" that occurs at the end of every couple of lines of text or so, using the most commonly rhymed words - while alliteration, syllabic structure, apostrophe (not a punctuation mark - but an effect in poetry), synechdoche - techniques and effects - are largely ignored and even unknown to vast numbers in our civilized population.
I'm not sure how much Blake has studied poetics but his knowledge of how words go together, sometimes quite artistically - sometimes in powerful prose for effect - is worth looking at within the context of the quotes above...
Just take a few moments, please, and chill... letting the quotes above sink in... before continuing on to Blake's 800 DAYS blog.
What awaits on The 800 Days blog is
Three Sections of Expression by Blake4d on The 800 Days blog await: "Autogenesis," "My Religion Is Not What I Want," and "Of Starlight, Crimson, and Scarlet: The Last Prophecy."
The Day 729 post is associated with Wednesday December 22 2010.

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